Bienvenue 2010!


(Me and Jerry IF I were thin & blond.  Wait, I don’t think anyone will ever see Jerry in a striped bow tie.  Or a red sweater for that matter. Nevermind, but I do like this pic. :))

It makes me feel pretty good to get a post done on the first day of this new year.  I have been too busy to even think of posting!  Rachel and I have baked up a storm the past month.  She has done some amazing food art as well as some tasty stuff and we are both pretty pooped.  The tree is down, the lights are put away, most of the decorations are packed and Jerry is making ciabatta to go with the HUGE venison ham he smoked last night. He will braise it today and then add ‘taters and carrots for our supper.  Oldest daughter and her husband will be here for supper and Rachel is whipping him up a birthday cake today.  Yellow cake with chocolate icing.  YUM.  We have fireworks for after dark and hopefully will see and get some pictures of the almost full moon.  It was too cloudy and rainy last night.

Along with the rest of the world I have some “ideas” about “things I want to accomplish” in 2010.  No resolutions for me.  President Bush ruined the word “resolve” for me.  I almost can’t speak it.  And since resolution to me means “to resolve to be resolute” about something/anything.  Well let us just go with “ideas to accomplish”.  How’s that for over thinking things?  But I do hate it when semi-talented speech writers ruin a whole set of word/phrases for me.  So here’s my list:

  • Stop over thinking things.
  • Sew more.
  • Garden more.
  • Write more.
  • Simplify my space.
  • Continue to lose weight until I reach my goal weight of 130.  And keep it off. (I am proud of the 26# I have shed and only gained back 2# over the holidays – YAY for me!)
  • Eat more green foods.  Not dyed green.  Originally green.
  • Bake more bread.  But eat less of it.
  • Finish cookbook #2 of the NotQuiteJuneCleaver cookbooks.
  • Prioritize my commitments and learn to say no when I need to.  Or when I want to.
  • Spend much more time outdoors.
  • Grow at least 50 different herbs.  One for every one of my years.
  • Start a “story of me” journal.  Writing down childhood memories when they come to me.  I am very lax in doing this and since I am the oldest member of my very very small family, I need to do this for posterity’s sake. There is no one else to do it.  My mom had a mind like a steel trap.  I didn’t inherit that gift so I need to write down what I do remember, when I remember before it is lost forever.
  • Clean out my closet!!!
  • Be kinder and gentler with the people I love.
  • Stop being bashful about my political views.  I live in a country where up until recently, it was perfectly fine to voice them.
  • Quit being vague about my religious beliefs when asked.  And around here you are asked often.  When asked where I go to church stop saying “I don’t.” and leaving it at that.  It’s okay to be different.  It’s okay not to believe and think like anyone else.  I have as much chance of being right (or wrong) as anyone.  If people no longer “like” me because of my beliefs, then they are likely not practicing their own religion very well.
  • Speak my truth, even if my voice shakes.
  • Look harder for my gifts. And when I find them, use them.
  • Be the same person with everyone.  And I mean EVERYONE.  Basically, be me.  I am 50 now, so being anything else seems even more ridiculous.
  • Think before I speak.
  • Walk it off.
  • Hold my anger till it is mild discomfort.  This does NOT apply if someone does something to one of my loved ones.  Then, as usual, there are no rules, no boundaries, and absolutely no mercy.
  • Spend at least one week, 7 days, in Vermont and New Hampshire.
  • Continue with my nap schedule.  Which is “sleep when I need to”.
  • Tone down my language.  This will be very difficult as I believe they are “just words” and frankly, have never met one I couldn’t figure out how to use in a swear.  Does that surprise some of you?  I figured it did 😉 Some of you just can’t believe I admitted it!  Or maybe I will just learn them in a different language.  That might be easier.
  • Continue to learn more British slang.  Those Brits do have a way with words.  You would think they invented the English language or something.  First thing I have to figure out how to use the phrase “up the duff” in a real situation.  It is my new fave.  Thanks Cherry for that one.

    That should do it for now.  If I think of anything else I will let you know.  I just asked Jerry if he had any “ideas” for 2010.  And he says ” Nope.  Don’t you remember?”  I said “Remember what?”  – “I’m perfect.”  Oh yeah, I had forgotten that.  Yes, I am using his REAL name now…why not?  Most of you know who I am, where I am and who I live with.

    Happy first day of 2010!  May we all have 364 more happy ones.  Or at least no real, real sad ones.

    Ever the realist,


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    I love your resolutions. And Happy New Year!

    Lol – your blog made me smile. Especially your sign off. Thanks

    Susan I love your resolve! I really do. Here’s to 2010 and our reaching at least some of the goals we have set for the coming year. Many of mine are quite similar to yours. I adore you and am so looking forward to more posts from you in the coming year. Happy New Year!

    Susan, You go girl… the beauty of becoming 50… and for me 50 something… is that a woman becomes more real and authentic… and sees what really matters in life! Love… love your post…. couldn’t of said it better myself!

    ya hoo for you,
    Victoria in Houston

    Love this post. Lots of those are on my to do list too! <3


    Susan, I love all of your resolutions and could easily adopt them as my own—in fact, I might just do that. Thank you for putting them into words.

    This is a great list. I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets pleasure out of spewing out a good ‘mouth filling oath’ (as my dad will say) when the situation calls for it. I need to tone it down as well.

    This post made me smile and I think I need to follow some of your ideas, which, for lack of a better word, I think are ‘brilliant’ 🙂


    Good luck using “Up the duff…” it means to be pregnant 😉 at least in the part of England I come from.

    Great resolutions. Gill.


    Ha! I love this list. I have a potty mouth, too. It never bothers me till my kids catch me cussin’.

    I’ve resolved to be myself from here on out. It’s easier said than done.